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  • Operating Practice - ON4WW - A must read guide for all new and old operators. This document was originally written with the prime focus on DXing and pileup behavior. Suggestions by proofreaders have been implemented; the document is not as narrowly focused anymore as originally intended. It contains hints, tips and tricks for newcomers as well as old-timers. Additionally there are VHF/UHF operational matters, DX Cluster ethics, COPS, Conflict Situations and more.
    [ Hits: 1807 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 8.60 ]
  • Operating the 28MHz (10m) Band - Excellent page on operating 10 meters band by G3XBM
    [ Hits: 1785 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 9.33 ]
  • Parlez Vous QSO ?! - Simply QSO phrases in European Languages, produced with the assistance of radio amateurs and linguists from Europe and beyond.
    [ Hits: 756 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 9.50 ]
  • Programming VHF/UHF Radios  updated - Programming a new VHF/UHF radio usually proves to be a frustrating experience for most new amateur radio operators. A new radio must first be programmed for simplex and repeater operation before it can be used to communicate with local hams.
    [ Hits: 12896 | Votes: 26 | Rating: 6.22 ]
  • PSK for Beginners - Article on PSK modes. PSK for Beginners Has RTTY's Replacement Arrived?
    [ Hits: 3060 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 10.00 ]
  • Radio & Communications - Info about many aspects of Radio & Communications. Antennas, signals, frequencies, codes, swr, scanning etc.
    [ Hits: 17976 | Votes: 12 | Rating: 3.51 ]
  • Radio and Electronics School - Leran about Ham Radio and electronics, get your licence and learn morse code
    [ Hits: 3803 | Votes: 20 | Rating: 8.49 ]
  • Recommended frequencies for digital modes - Active digital mode frequency list compiled by Jason Buchanan - N1SU
    [ Hits: 3389 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 5.50 ]
  • Repeaters Use Guide - Repeaters what are they and how to use them. pdf file by w4ua
    [ Hits: 527 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 6.00 ]
  • Satellite for Beginners - Learn how to start using ham radio satellites for your DX contacts, PDF presentation by Dave Long ZS5FR
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  • So you want to be a dxer - Basic tips for DXing
    [ Hits: 1381 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 9.25 ]
  • Split Operations - When and How - When do you need to go to a split operation ? When the people you are giving reports to are not answering, or when you are not getting your report from the station you are working because of other stations who are continuously calling.
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  • Split Operations - When and How - An interesting guide on operating in split mode
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  • SSTV Fast guide - Get on SSTV FAST with this quick tip quide. All the info you need to get started quickly.
    [ Hits: 1005 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 8.00 ]
  • The appropriate use of lingo - The appropriate use of lingo in the voice modes
    [ Hits: 178 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 9.00 ]
  • The Considerate Operator's Frequency Guide - A guide to where on the HF bands various modes and activities are generally found. All frequencies are in MHz
    [ Hits: 2372 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 3.00 ]
  • The Considerate Opertator's Frequency Guide - An ARRL guide to where on the HF bands various modes and activities are generally found.
    [ Hits: 3728 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 7.50 ]
  • The-radio-operator.com - beginners guide to amateur radio, scanners, monitoring and shortwave
    [ Hits: 1522 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 7.75 ]
  • Understanding the basics of SSB transmission - Fundamentals of operating on single sideband
    [ Hits: 282 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 1.00 ]
  • What does DX mean - DX is an old radio term used by radio enthusiasts, it stands for the long-distance reception of radio signals, DX being a short-form way of saying distance-extreme.
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  • What is DX - Some people say the "D" in DX stands for Distance, and the "X" stands for the unknown, meaning hearing unidentified stations until identified. Read more on meanings of DX in Ham Radio slang.
    [ Hits: 476 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 10.00 ]
  • What is QRP - To those new to the hobby of Amateur Radio, hearing the term QRP often raises questions: What is QRP? Why do some hams choose to operate QRP? How can I operate QRP? These are good questions, and all are worth asking. This article will attempt to answer these questions. by William Eric McFadden
    [ Hits: 2244 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 9.50 ]
  • Which bands to use - An excellent introduction to ham radio bands, which bands to use and when.
    [ Hits: 1115 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 10.00 ]
  • Why a Beam Antenna - Some basic antenna information for the newcomer
    [ Hits: 734 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 10.00 ]
  • WSJT manuals and user guide - WSJT manuals and user guides in many languages
    [ Hits: 634 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 7.80 ]
  • Your First Rig - Recommendations on choosing your first rig
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